B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38037 / Liberty Belle

B-17 #43-38037 / Liberty Bellezoom_in



  • RCL: 2G-P

MACR: 9422


History of
B-17 43-38037 / Liberty Belle

Cheyenne 19/6/44; Kearney 28/6/44; Dow Fd 11/7/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 13/7/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld 30/9/44 with Ray Jackson, Co-pilot: Theo Sherrill, Navigator: Ed Plevak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Laverne Nelson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Rogers, Waist gunner: Bernie Ballard,Tail gunner: Ben Harcq (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: John Franke, Radio Operator: George Michael (2 Prisoner of War); propwash caused mid air coll with 43-38154 (487BG); crashed Bexterhagen, E of Bielefeld, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9422.

Last updated: 18. September 2017


B-17 43-38037 / Liberty Belle Details

Mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38154 ‘Heavenly Body’ on 30/09/1944.

When in sharp turn in heavy contrails this B-17 was caught in prop wash (presumed), went over on its back and collided with #43-38154 of same squadron. Right wing (of #37) and left wing of #154 came off and both aircraft spun down


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